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PITHY QUOTE FROM Maistre: Works

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We might perhaps believe that these horrors were contemporary with the highest period of cruelty. It is however true that one can do worse than all that, for one can laugh about it.

The Collected Works of Joseph de Maistre. Miscellaneous Minor Works, Volume 4, Benefits of the French Revolution, Chapter 13, "Crimes and Cruelties"

The Collected Works of Joseph de Maistre. Electronic Edition. book cover

The Collected Works of Joseph de Maistre. Electronic Edition.

ISBN: 978-1-57085-512-2

Language: English translation

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Count Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821). French-speaking Savoyard writer, diplomat, and philosopher. Line and stipple engraving, 19th century

The Collected Works of Joseph de Maistre contains the published and unpublished works of the Counter-Enlightenment theorist, Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821), edited and annotated by Richard Lebrun.


Texts which have previously appeared in print:

Maistre, Joseph de. Against Rousseau: "On the State of Nature" and "On the Sovereignty of the People." Edited and translated by Richard A. Lebrun. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996.

_____. Considerations on France. Edited and translated by Richard A. Lebrun. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1974; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

_____. Examination of the Philosophy of Bacon. Edited and translated by Richard A. Lebrun. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998.

_____. St. Petersburg Dialogues. Edited and translated by Richard A. Lebrun. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1993.

_____. The Pope. Translated by Aeneas McD. Dawson, 1850. Rpt. With an introduction by Richard A. Lebrun. New York: Howard Fertig, 1975.

_____. Letters on the Spanish Inquisition. Translated by Aeneas McD. Dawson, 1843. Rpt. Delmas, New York: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1977.

Original texts:

  • Memoir on Freemasonry
  • Letters of a Savoyard Royalist
  • Discourse for Madam de Costa
  • Essay on the Generative Principle of Political Constitutions (newly translated by Laurence M. Porter)
  • On the Gallican Church
  • Memoir on the Union of Savoy and Switzerland
  • Benefits of the French Revolution
  • On Virtue
  • The Outward Character of the Magistrate
  • Five Paradoxes for Madam la Marquise de Nav
  • Address of the Mayor of Montagnole, Jean-Claude Têtu
  • Speech of Citizen Cherchmot
  • Letter to a Protestant Lady
  • Letter to a Russian Lady
  • Reflections on Protestantism
  • Letter to M. le Marquis ... on the secular feast of the Protestants
  • Letter to M. le Marquis ... on the state of Christianity in Europe
  • Five Letters on Public Education in Russia
  • Memoir on the Liberty of Public Instruction
  • Four Chapters on Russia
  • Fragments on France (with two "drafts" of a Fifth Savoyard Letter)
  • Observations on the Prospectus Disciplanum or Plan of Study proposed for the Newsky Seminary by Professor Fessler
  • "Dialogue on freedom of the press" (unsigned)
  • "Venality of Office in a Monarchy"
  • "The French Parlements"
  • "The Administration of Justice"
  • "Essay on the Planets"

Notes

Most of the texts have been newly translated by Prof. Lebrun and many appear here for the first time in any form. Four of the texts translated by Lebrun have appeared in print (McGill-Queens University Press and Cambridge University Press); two others were issued in print in the nineteenth century and appear here in revised versions; a further text has been translated especially for the database by Prof. Laurence M. Porter.

Richard A. Lebrun is Professor of History Emeritus, St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba.

Laurence M. Porter is Professor of French, Comparative Literature, and African Studies at Michigan State University.



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